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Afzal-backers wrong, but Ujjain prof killers??

NATIONAL GENERAL secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad KN Raghunandan took a different stand on issues of terrorism and student violence. While he was bitter against those demanding mercy for Afzal, sentenced to death for attack on Parliament, he was defensive about ABVP activists who allegedly killed the professor at Ujjain.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2006 00:06 IST

ABVP leader blames Cong, media

NATIONAL GENERAL secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad KN Raghunandan took a different stand on issues of terrorism and student violence. While he was bitter against those demanding mercy for Afzal, sentenced to death for attack on Parliament, he was defensive about ABVP activists who allegedly killed the professor at Ujjain.

He termed those supporting mercy for Afzal as “anti-social” but held Congress and media responsible for tarnishing ABVP’s image for Ujjain incident.

Raghunandan is on a two-day visit to the State capital. Talking to the media, he said: “ABVP would carry out a nation-wide signature campaign to mobilise masses for Afzal’s prosecution. This is because SC has awarded death penalty to a person found guilty of attack on Parliament.” The ABVP leader said it was shocking a section of people belonging to a particular community were staging protest against SC judgment even as the entire country welcomed it.

ABVP has also shot a letter to President APJ Abdul Kalam appealing him to take stern action and sent a right signal.

Without naming J&K chief minister, he said: “The CM, who under oath of allegiance to the constitution, should plead for such a criminal is most distressing.”

But strangely, throughout the Press conference, he tried to protect ABVP activists who allegedly killed the professor at Ujjain. Instead, he flayed the media and the Congress party for tarnishing ABVP’s image.

Raghunandan admitted that Ujjain incident had adversely hit ABVP’s image and caused great harm to the country as well.

“CID is still probing the matter,” he said. When reminded that even at varsity, ABVP activists had repeatedly attacked teachers many times, the leader pleaded ignorance. When mediapersons described the incident of violence resorted to by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad leaders at LU, Raghunandan chose to remain quiet.

The national general secretary welcomed the SC interim order on the student union election.

He said this would help in decriminalization of student politics.

Raghunandan also talked about the constructive role being played by ABVP in the student politics and how the number of its membership are increasing with every passing day. “ABVP hails SC ruling and would abide by it,” he said adding that some of the clause in the order are not practical in nature at all.